Excessive vegetation on the body is what modern women are carefully struggling with. And it seems that such a battle began quite recently with the development of the cosmetic industry. After all, only then did whole systems appear to rid women of excess hair. These are wax depilators, razors, various procedures such as photo and laser hair removal, and much more. However, few people know that the history of depilation has its roots in the very distant past. And even ancient women were preoccupied with the problem of removing excess body hair.
Excessive vegetation on the body brings a feeling of extreme discomfort, because of it the ladies are complex and cannot put on a skirt, then an open blouse or a T-shirt. And although today all the achievements of modern cosmetology are subject to women, they do not always have enough time to remove hair.
And here the question arises: how did our ancestors cope, who did not have such an abundance of methods and means.
Ancient women and men
Not only ladies, but also men began to fight vegetation even when they themselves wrapped themselves in animal skins. Moreover, this had not so much a cosmetic as a tactical meaning - the absence of hair on the face and head deprived the enemy of the opportunity to use a painful technique: grab the enemy by the hair and pull.
Long hair also contributed to the entanglement of various knots, thorns and other debris. This caused the person not only inconvenience, but also severe pain.
Naturally, given the fact that in ancient times people did not have much choice, they had to take drastic measures and simply scrape off their hair. Razors had not yet been invented. Sharp stones, shells of marine life, etc. can be safely called the progenitors of modern razors. It is clear that the skin was often scraped along with the hair, but there was no time for much choice.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt is famous for its beauties, and there are legends about the methods of their care. Naturally, such a nation could not but have quite improved means for getting rid of excess vegetation. For example, the Egyptians used razors made of silicon or bronze, and shugaring was widely used.
Egyptian shugaring was a kind of mixture of two techniques: waxing and shugaring itself. After all, wax was its main component.
Egyptians applied a sticky mass of wax to their skin and placed a strip of cloth on top of it. And then they pulled her hard to get rid of her body hair.
Ladies in Egypt destroyed all body hair. Sometimes it got to the point that only the eyebrows remained. And they shaved off the hair on their heads. It got to the point that the presence of "extra" hair on the body was considered a sign of barbarism.
In ancient Rome, the absence of body hair classified a person as a member of the wealthy class. Vegetation was mercilessly removed with pumice stones, homemade razors, tweezers and special depillation stones. And it was necessary to do hair removal regularly.
Later, the practice of preventing hair growth became widespread among European women. To do this, mothers rubbed walnut oil into the skin of their daughters. Bandages dipped in vinegar and smeared with cat feces were also widely used.